The First Sub-29 10,000 Meter Race!


Exactly 62 years ago today on Jun 1, 1954, the legendary Emil Zatopek runs World Record in the 10,000 meters going 28:54.2. This was the first sub-29 minute clocking and his 4th 10k World Record.

The amazing Czech Rocket won the 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters and marathon at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland – an unparalleled achievement!


One of the most beautiful things he did was to secretly give a small box to Australian Ron Clarke with one of his Olympic Gold medals as he thought Ron would have earned a Gold medal if the 1968 Olympics weren’t at altitude.



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